- To engage children in PLAN-IT-ECO conferences, promoting environmental understanding and awareness
- To teach children about the environment and the planet and the effect we are having across the globe
- To help children to understand that the choices they make and their actions effect the environment
- To give children the skills, knowledge and motivation to recycle
In the weeks leading up to the conference, children in each school take part in research, group discussions and homework looking at environmental issues and the effect on the planet to prepare them for the conference.
A full day conference with 72 children and staff and volunteers. In the morning, children explore issues such as sustainability, conservation, local and global environmental issues and the demand for and use of natural resources. They learn to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In the afternoon, they split into groups and each group play a different role in debating a real life environmental challenge. Groups represent: the government, environmentalists, banks, land and home owners and scientists so that they develop a greater understanding of the dynamics involved in protecting the planet. The afternoon workshop gives the young people a voice and develops their confidence in debating issues and forming and defending an opinion.